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Your most prized guitar

Sandy Mc Lean 04 Oct 04 - 06:23 PM
GUEST,Joanne 05 Oct 04 - 03:50 AM
GUEST,Commander Crabbe 27 May 05 - 05:15 PM
PoppaGator 27 May 05 - 05:38 PM
Ebbie 27 May 05 - 06:24 PM
Guy Wolff 27 May 05 - 08:48 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 27 May 05 - 08:52 PM
Amos 28 May 05 - 12:09 AM
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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 06:23 PM

About 20 years ago a close friend of my father-in -law passed away and he left his favourite guitar( an old Framus 5/45N built in Germany) to my wife's brother. A few years ago it was passed along to me as it was not being used. The neck had a bad bow and the action was high. I tried to tighten the truss rod (bad plan ) and the threads stripped. I took it to a local repair shop but I did not want to spend a great amount of money on it. It was repaired so that I could play it tuned down a note using a capo to ease the action , but the lower string tension did not really make it ring.
I recently decided that it was not much good "as is" so I got a book on guitar repair at the library. I lifted the fret board and replaced the rod. I then straightened the neck using heat, clamps and shims. To test it I strung it with some old strings that I had just taken off my regular axe. I tuned it to concert pitch and the first chord that I struck had a resonance that blew me away. It sounded better with the old dead strings than my other one with the new. I still have some fret work to do before I install new strings, but I can hardly wait. I think this one may be a gem. It will never win a beauty contest but the beauty is in the sound.
               Sandy


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Joanne
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 03:50 AM

I have had many guitars through the years. My first real guitar was a Martin 0-18 made in the Forties. I purchased it from my guitar teacher at the time for $125. Unfortunately is was stolen from my classroom in the early 1970's. I still miss that guitar and its beautiful sound. I purchase a 12-string Martin which was stolen from my apartment while I was away on vacation. I purchased a Takamine 12-string which I had till I sold it and purchased a Big Baby Taylor which I just love. I fell in love with the sound and I enjoy the size especially after the 12-string.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: GUEST,Commander Crabbe
Date: 27 May 05 - 05:15 PM

Juan P-B

I also have a Suzuki 3S, it's a model F200 which I bought new in Dubai back in 1978. I think it cost just under £600 but I couldn't be sure as I had been drinking in the english pub and wandered past a music shop wherein there were three of the beasties. I played all three and loved the sound so much I bought the one that fitted best. still have it today along with a Norman and a Hohner which I found in need of TLC in a secondhand shop. The Suzi is however still my favourite and I wouldn't trade it. although I have been asked to a couple of times.

The crabby Commander


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: PoppaGator
Date: 27 May 05 - 05:38 PM

How many of these "favorite guitar" threads are there?

Since I haven't posted my customary reponse to this one yet, here goes: (Apologies to those of you who have already seen this too many times...)

I have owned one and only one guitar since June 1969, a Martin D-18. I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I have no desire for another wooden acoustic ax. (I wouldn't mind owning a resonator-type guitar or maybe even an electric, but I'm not scratching and saving for one.)

It's less than perfect cosmetically, showing a bit of wear-and-tear from lots of playing ~ but I'm sure it sounds better than it did when it was new and unblemished.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 May 05 - 06:24 PM

Like us all, I have my own favorite guitar- but what comes through so clearly in this thread warms the cockles of my heart. Thanks, all.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 27 May 05 - 08:48 PM

Such different sounds for different settings . Most prized by setting :

for my music room and softer studio work : 1949 0 18 Martin
for Dadgad and D tuning studio : new 00018MC heaverer strings
(if only one this is the box)
for slide work in a big room :1932 Dioian National Steel
studio slide work : 193? Kay Professional or 193? Kallamazoo
for travel bright and versitile : 1998 LOO Gibson "Blues-king "
for Electric slide : American standard Teli

All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 27 May 05 - 08:52 PM

I have only one, a Framus "Nashville", bought second hand in the seventies after giving the guy at the shop severe earache by trying every box he had (about 35 or 40), and I wouldn't change it EVER.

Like Poppagator's Martin, it carries the marks of countless sessions and festivals and sounds twice as good (to me anyway) as it did then.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Your most prized guitar
From: Amos
Date: 28 May 05 - 12:09 AM

I'm with Poppa -- my '72 D-18 is all I ever need to get me through the day.


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